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MagnetDL Has Closed Down Without Giving Any Explanations

By Bill Toulas / May 20, 2019

One of the most popular and widely used magnet link sites, the magentdl.com, has posted an announcement on their homepage explaining that the service has closed. As the operators write: “MagnetDL has closed. It has been a great seven years, and it’s sad to have it come to an end. Thanks to everyone who has visited over the years, especially our regular visitors.”

MagnetDL website announcement

image source: magnetdl.com

People loved MagnetDL because it featured a clean design that made the platform easy to navigate, which is always important when trying to find a specific magnet link among the millions that constituted its rich database. Many people prefer magnet links from torrents, because they are more reliable, more bandwidth-efficient, and allow for stronger privacy when using the right settings. One other detail that made the MagnetDL site so popular is the fact that UK ISPs (Internet Service Providers) didn’t ban it for some reason, so people from Limeyland could enjoy its services seamlessly.

Publicly, there have been no revelations about MagnetDL facing any legal problems or anything that could force a shutdown. Since no official explanations were given in the relevant announcement, we can only speculate about what happened. Surely, MagnetDL was one of the bigger fishes in the piracy pond, and naturally, it may have caught the attention of copyright holders who could have pulled their strings to shut it down. The laconic announcement reminds of the Torrentz closure, who never explained what happened.

In the end, it doesn’t really matter. People are sad for losing their “go-to” platform, but all that traffic goes elsewhere, more torrent and magnet link sites pop up, and life continues. Users of MagnetDL are already discussing their alternative options on social media like Reddit, and there are several magnet link search engines shared there, helping people stifle their disappointment. The fate of websites like MagnetDL is somewhat pre-specified, as this is the case with most pirate websites. However, no matter how many platforms will reach their end, as long as there is demand for torrents and magnet links, someone else will be there to provide.

Reddit piracy discussion

image source: reddit.com

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